Sontag often uses the word artifice to describe one aspect of camp as a whole. Reading through the essay the word usage conveys an image of richness without having to be proper. By Sontag’s definition, camp is exaggerated and artificial in a way that I can correlate with candy that is too sweet or things that might be considered ‘tacky’. Sontag writes, ‘Nothing in nature can be campy’ which reinforces my correlation of camp and things that are artificial, usually brightly colored to make up for its lack of natural qualities. Because of this, I found Sontag’s description of camp to be effective in evoking the image of camp in my mind as well as driving home the points of camp being exaggerated as well as a force of counter culture.
Sontag frequently brings up the idea of ‘good taste’ and how camp is a betrayal of these good tastes. Sontag’s interpretation of camp goes as follows, ‘Camp sees everything is quotation marks. It’s not a lamp, but a “lamp”; not a woman, but a “woman.”‘ Sontag’s word usage here makes sense of the idea of camp as this word choice brings images of a group of people that only have a faint idea of what a woman might be but tasked with creating a visual representation of this concept which is the imagery I believe Sontag was aiming for. The idea of a woman through the concept of camp would most likely produce a woman in the most extreme sense of the word, heavy with makeup, hair and adorned in a gown therefore pushing the idea of ‘woman’ as well as femininity to the max.